Right now, I am watching a documentary on Bruce Lee titled, “I am Bruce Lee.” Watching the events of this man’s lifestory unfold before me and how he changed the whole world wells up all sorts of emotions within me. His movies, physical prowess, spirituality, and philosophy have influenced my life in more ways than I can know. He had an iron will. Resolve. True perseverance and a deep understanding of life. I want to be all of these things.
What inspired me to write this was a segment in the movie about how Bruce destroyed his back and was told by doctors that he would never walk again. Here was a man whose life was built on martial arts, a life seemingly ruined. What did Bruce do? He didn’t take that crap, worked extremely hard and kept a positive attitude because he WAS going to walk again, and much more than that. After this part, I had to pause the movie and talk to Joy, my fiancee’ because I was feeling a mixture of all sorts of emotion and just had to let it out.
What did I feel? I felt pride in calling this man one of my heroes. NOTHING kept this guy down. Watch the movie or read up on his life and you will see he overcame so many hardships that most of us never have to deal with. I felt empowered because of who he is as a person, makes me feel as if anything is possible. Also a feeling of regret. I feel like I could be doing alot better at what I do than how I am now. I’m not gonna beat myself up over it like I used to. What I can do is become more disciplined in my goals and keep a positive attitude. I can become like Bruce Lee, and more importantly, myself. We all can. All of us are perfect creations. To be and express these great traits, traits I feel are inherent to human nature we must first realize it is there within is. And we must also throw away the things that don’t work for we really are. Bruce Lee did this when creating his creative expression martial art, Jeet Kune Do. It is not only for martial arts however, it is a way of life.
His whole life was an expression of who he was. He was always striving to express himself as clearly and truthfully as possible. As an artist, this idea resonates with me. As a human being I want this to become me. I have lived alot of my life unexpressed. Some who know me may say that isn’t so, but I am telling you it is the truth. Old patterns are slowly shedding away and the real me emerges more everyday. I am becoming a person who openly shows emotion more and lets others know he loves them.
What does this have to do with Bruce Lee? Alot actually. While Bruce Lee didn’t teach me this himself and there are alot of people who are helping me to become who I really am whether they realize it or not. The idea of shedding away what doesn’t serve who you are and knowing yourself has stuck with me ever since I first learned of Bruce Lee’s ideas. My interest in his life has shaped alot of who I am, and I like who I am becoming.
Thank you Bruce Lee! I am better person because of you.